The CDC has published an official report of how much of an impact the antibiotic resistant germs have had on human health. This is the first time that the CDC has published a report that ranks the threats into categories, including urgent, serious, and concerning.
The over use of prescription drugs is the most important factor in the cause of antibiotic resistant microbes in the world.
The CDC has published four ‘core actions’ that must be taken to combat these antibiotic resistant microbes.
• Preventing infections
• Improving Antibiotic Use/ Stewardship
• Development of drugs and diagnostic tests
Avoiding infections is the first, and most logical step to combat the resistant microbes. This prevents the use of prescription antibiotics and reduces the likelihood of microbes to develop drug resistance. Tracking effectively gathers data on the development of antibiotic resistant germs, making it easier to find out the risks associated with particular illnesses, and causes.
Improving the use and stewardship of prescription drugs will have an obvious impact on how drugs are used and should slow the development and spread on resistant infections. Lastly, the development of new drugs and diagnostic testing will be necessary to combat these resistant infections, and the improvement in diagnostics will help track infections. The more information gathered, the more information we have to use in the development of strategies to combat these microbes.